Samuel Johnson
Quotes, Sayings and Thoughts

A wise man is cured of ambition by ambition itself; his aim is so exalted that riches, office, fortune and favour cannot satisfy him.

- Samuel Johnson

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.

- Samuel Johnson

Adversity is the state in which a man most easily becomes acquainted with himself.

- Samuel Johnson

The advice that is wanted is commonly unwelcome, and that which is not wanted is evidently impertinent.

- Samuel Johnson

Such is the state of life, that none are happy but by the anticipation of change: the change itself is nothing; when we have made it the next wish is to change again.

- Samuel Johnson

No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money.

- Samuel Johnson

There is no kind of idleness by which we are so easily seduced as that which dignifies itself by the appliance of business.

- Samuel Johnson

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Pointed axioms and acute replies fly loose about the world, and are assigned successively to those whom it may be the fashion to celebrate.

- Samuel Johnson

Politics are ... nothing more than a means of rising in the world.

- Samuel Johnson

There are few minds to which tyranny is not delightful.

- Samuel Johnson

Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.

- Samuel Johnson

The whole of life is but keeping away the thoughts of death.

- Samuel Johnson

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The history of mankind is little else than a narrative of designs which have failed, and hopes that have been disappointed.

- Samuel Johnson

We are to consider mankind not as we wish them, but as we find them, frequently corrupt and always fallible.

- Samuel Johnson

Human life is everywhere a state in which much is to be endured and little to be enjoyed.

- Samuel Johnson

He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.

- Samuel Johnson

Be not too hasty to trust or admire the teachers of morality: they discourse like angels but they live like men.

- Samuel Johnson

Those whom their virtue restrains from deceiving others are often disposed by their vanity to deceive themselves.

- Samuel Johnson

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not know because they have never deceived us.

- Samuel Johnson

Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable.

- Samuel Johnson